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My Water Heater is Getting too Hot

When your hot water is too hot, it can cause harm in seconds or potentially break the water heater. We’ll discuss common reasons for the sudden temperature increase and how to change the thermostat on different water heaters. Reasons your water heater is getting too hot Broken Thermostat A water heater works the same as a heating and cooling system. Without the thermostat telling the heating element… Read more »

Is It Safe to Drink Hard Water?

Hard water has been described as tasting like dirt or leaving a metallic after taste. While not the most appetizing descriptors, it is perfectly safe to drink. Here we’ll discuss how hard water forms, why it’s seen as a problem, and how it potentially affects your plumbing system. What is hard water? Hard water is mostly found in groundwater supplies since its water that travels over and through… Read more »

The Furnace Pilot Light Keeps Going Out

Lighting then relighting the pilot light on your furnace is a nuisance. Here are common reasons why it could be going out and steps you can take when it happens. What is a Pilot Light The pilot light is a small flame inside the combustion chamber of a gas-fueled furnace. When operating correctly, it stays lit thanks to a constant flow of gas from the gas valve. It ignites the burners when the thermostat… Read more »

Should Air Vents be High or Low?

  Air vent placement isn’t something homeowners think about unless there’s an issue or they’re building or remodeling. But where the vents are located affects how well your home heats and cools. Let’s discuss the types of air vents in your home, pros and cons of their placement location, and whether it does matter in the scheme of things. Air Supply Register and Return Grill Basics Every HVAC system… Read more »

The Best Pet Friendly Plants

Pets and indoor plants indeed go together when you bring any of these plant-friendly varieties home. African Violet This tiny but magnificent plant is great for areas with indirect light, such as a kitchen table. But take care to keep it away from air vents and other drafty areas. The African violet needs regular indoor temperatures and humidity levels, plus regular fertilizer to bloom year-round. Baby’s… Read more »

Different HVAC Smells and What They Mean

Now that spring is here, it's time to switch off the heat during the day and turn the air-conditioning back on. But it's not unusual to notice a few strange HVAC smells when you turn it back on after the winter. Not sure what's causing the smell? Let's look at some of the most common reasons for those strange odors drifting through your home. Rotten Eggs The heating and air conditioning systems… Read more »

How Long Do PEX Pipes Last?

No home is complete without reliable plumbing. And for many years, copper piping has been the go-to solution for plumbing lines in homes. However, PEX piping continues to gain in popularity. How do you know if PEX pipes are the right choice for your home or business? Let's find out the pros and cons of working with PEX. What is PEX piping? PEX piping is made from cross-linked polyethylene (PEX).… Read more »

What is a MERV Rating and Why Should You Care?

Did you know that the air quality in your home can impact your health? Indoor air pollution is a significant environmental health risk, and it's one that's often overlooked. According to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. That's why understanding the MERV rating on your HVAC unit is so important. MERV ratings help determine how effectively an air filter will… Read more »

The Secrets to Low Energy Bills

Struggling with high energy bills and wondering how to lower your energy expenses? You're not alone. As energy prices continue to climb, more and more people are looking for ways to save. Here are some easy ways to help you lower your energy bills without having to reduce your usage. Get an Energy Audit Energy audits are a great way to learn how much energy you're using and where you can save money.… Read more »

Frustrated with Fall Leaves? Make Them Work Hard for Your Garden

Frustrated with Fall Leaves? Make Them Work Hard for Your Garden

Fall is the time of year for yard maintenance, including cleaning around your outdoor condenser unit. Keeping it free from rotting leaves will ensure it doesn't clog up and break down. But before throwing those pesky leaves straight in the trash, look at some of these environmentally friendly ideas. Let's Get Raking Raking leaves is one of the least exciting fall chores. It's a dirty job, and it's… Read more »

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